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Calgary Wranglers series preview: Bring on Bakersfield

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Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Paige Siewert
28 days ago
The Calgary Wranglers and the Bakersfield Condors face off at the Scotiabank Saddledome for the battle of Alberta’s best AHL team. It’s been a while since they saw each other with their last game taking place on Jan. 20. This was just a one-off matchup while Calgary was in California and the Condors won 7-3. Their season series sits at 2-2 and the Wranglers look to pull ahead in these next couple of games. 

Projected lineups

Calgary
Adam Klapka – Cole Schwindt – William Stromgren 
Rory Kerins – Ben Jones – Riley Damiani 
Brett Sutter – Clark Bishop – Mitch McLain 
Lucas Ciona – Matthew Wedman – Ilya Nikolaev 
 
Jeremie Poirier – Ilya Solovyov
Jordan Oesterle – Jonathan Aspirot 
Yan Kuznetsov – Colton Poolman 
 
Oscar Dansk
Connor Murphy
Bakersfield 
Ty Tullio – Dylan Holloway – Lane Pederson 
Raphael Lavoie – Jayden Grubbe – Seth Griffith 
Carter Savoie – Greg McKegg – Matvey Petrov
Dino Kambeitz – Brad Malone – Cameron Wright 
 
Philip Bromberg – Ben Gleason 
Cam Dineen – Max Wanner
Noel Hoefenmayer – Philip Kemp
 
Jack Campbell
Olivier Rodrigue 

Leaders

Calgary 
Matt Coronato – 40GP, 15G, 27A (inactive on NHL call-up)
Ben Jones – 58P, 19G, 19A
Adam Klapka – 52GP, 17G, 19A
Bakersfield
Seth Griffith – 53GP, 12G, 36A
Lane Pederson – 52GP, 19G, 25A
Raphael Lavoie – 51GP, 24G, 16A

Notes and expectations

On Monday, the organization added another centre to the depth chart with the signing of Sam Morton. Morton signed a one-year, two-way contract that starts next season but he is available to the Wranglers for the rest of the season on an ATO. Morton earned 34 points in 27 games this year with 24 goals and 10 assists. It might be too quick of a turnaround to expect him in Tuesday’s game but his time in the lineup should be coming very soon.
Morton is the third college player from Minnesota State University (Mankato) the Flames have picked up in the last couple of years as he played a season with Walker Duehr in 2020-21. He also came from the same school as former Flame Connor Mackey but did not overlap years with him. Morton is a 24-year-old left-handed shot and has been assigned number 45 with the squad for now.
After splitting last weekend, the Wranglers have fallen to seventh in the Pacific Division standings which puts them right on edge of the qualified playoff teams. They have a 10-point lead on the Henderson Silver Knights, who are next in the standings and their magic number to clinch a spot in the playoff sits at 19. They are in the conversation but still need to hone in on their goal for the next month of hockey to officially qualify. 
Their next opportunity to make up some ground in the standings starts on Tuesday night in Calgary with game two the following night on Wednesday. Both games are set to start at 7:00 p.m. MT. There are multiple options for following along with these games with tickets still available to catch it in person or you can follow along with the radio broadcast on the Fan960. Streaming options are available for a cost on AHL.tv. FlameNation contributors Mike Gould and I will also have updates on X (formerly Twitter).
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